Medium’s largest publication is The Startup, with more than 700,000 followers. Hundreds of thousands of people who are curious about startups, have created one themselves or plan to build one in the future.
Hundreds of thousands of people who want to change the world in a myriad of ways. Hundreds of thousands of people with a vision and the motivation to work for it. Hundreds of thousands of people who want to reinvent things.
Entrepreneurs, so the story goes, are a rare species. According to that story, most people enjoy the comfort of their corporate jobs and their steady salaries too much to even consider taking the leap to entrepreneurship. Most people just don’t find the discomfort and the risk of failure too attractive, the story says.
Yet more than half a million people is right here, reading The Startup. More than half a million people that is at least curious about all that discomfort, that risk, that excitement. People, here and all over other platforms, too, who want to change the world, in all the big and small ways. People who want to make it, in business and in life.
More and more people are joining the conversation. More and more people are starting their own side hustles or full-time ventures because they’re hoping that it will lead them to success.
Can all these people make it? Can so many people change the world in a million different ways? Or might we be better off encouraging these people to search for secure jobs, so they contribute to the economy in a safe and predictable way?
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